Hot dogs are a reminiscence of childhood days. Those perfectly pink, plump hot dogs…charred off the grill… put in the middle of a warm toasty bun…topped off with fresh mustard, relish, and kraut. The very thought of which is mouthwatering.
Sadly, it turns out that hot dogs are quite dangerous. According to LiveStrong, hot dogs are high in fat, high in cholesterol, high in sodium, and drowned in preservatives to keep them “fresher” longer. So, no wonder they do your waistline a lot of harm. Moreover, it’s what doctors discovered hot dogs do to our children that is just terrifying.
Hot dogs are killing children in ways no one’s probably even imagined. And you are entitled to know what they are.
Hot dogs contain additives that prevent botulism and lengthen its shelf life. Not to mention, their artificial chemicals also supply their signature pink color. These additives are called nitrites, and they are awful for your health and in some cases even fatal. Nitrites are associated with an increased cancer risk. The children who consume more than 12 hot dogs a month are at nine times more the risk.
The Daily Health Post made the following statements on hot dog consumptions:
“Children who ate hot dogs one or more times per week were also at higher risk of brain cancer.”
“There was a strong risk for childhood leukemia for children whose fathers’ intake of hot dogs was 12 or more per month before conception.”
“Children born to mothers who consumed hot dogs one or more times per week during pregnancy had approximately double the risk of developing brain tumors.”
Whether it’s a ball game or just a cookout on the 4th of July- hot dogs have always been a must-have celebration food. If hot dogs aren’t present in a cookout, then we automatically think there’s something missing. However, eating hot dogs may be more dangerous than previously thought. They look good enough, right? What’s the worst that could happen?
Firstly, hot dogs aren’t “born” looking the way they do. In fact, they undergo a rather extensive process before they find the middle of your buns. Trimmings of various meats are ground up in a large machine and then mixed with processed chicken trimmings, sacks of starch, salt, additional flavoring, and preservatives, then combined into large vats.
Next, factory workers add in water and corn syrup into the mixture. After which, it is pureed, and the batter is pumped into casings. Finally, at the end of it all, you’re left with the familiar and lovable classic ‘hot dog.’ After finding all this out, if you’re concerned with what kind of meat to buy at the store, then take a look at Fooducate’s insight on grocery shopping below:
Fooducate’s advice statement on grocery shopping:
“Check the ingredient label next time you buy some deli-style meats. If you want to avoid nitrates, your chances are higher with organic products, but not guaranteed. Your best bet is to limit hot dogs and processed meats to occasional meals. When you do choose processed meats, “organic” and “naturally raised” tend to have less of other bad ingredients.”
We all grew up with hot dogs in our hands, and we’re passing on that tradition to our children- but sadly, there’s a bit more than meets the eye when it comes to the hot dog tradition. If you still decide to continue with the all-American style BBQ, at least you’re educated now and making an informed decision.
Watch the video below to learn more about how hot dogs are made:
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